Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has announced
three changes to his starting line-up, with two new faces on the bench, for
Saturday's all-South African Super Rugby derby against the Lions at Newlands
The Stormers can secure a third South African Conference
title with a victory against the in-form Lions and the return of Schalk Burger,
from a week’s rest - as per the SA Rugby rest agreement with the SA Franchises
- will boost the home side significantly.
Burger’s return sees Nizaam Carr drop down to the bench,
with Sikhumbuzo Notshe, a try-scorer off the bench against the Cheetahs last
weekend, missing out altogether.
Joining Burger back in the starting line-up are hooker Bongi
Mbonambi (in for the injured Scarra Ntubeni) and tighthead prop Frans
Malherber, who swaps places with Vincent Koch.
Koch, in turn, drops down to the bench where he is joined by
stars of the Western Province Vodacom Cup team, hooker Michael Willemse and
utility back Jaco Taute - adding to a strong group of replacements, which also
includes Oli Kebble, Jean Kleyn, Carr, Louis Shcreuder and Kurt Coleman.
Speaking about the strength of the Stormers’ bench, Coetzee
told the Stormers’ official website: “I thought a guy like Nizaam played
superbly against the Cheetahs last week and he will add something from the
bench this week, as will the two new faces and guys like Oli, Vincent, Jean,
Louis and Kurt who are equally capable of playing starting roles for us.
“In a competition like this you need a strong replacements
bench and I am satisfied with our final selection in what was a tough selection
week with the Springbok training camp and the return to fitness of some
The Stormers and the Lions are in first and second place,
respectively, on the SA Conference log with the latter playing in their final
league match of 2015 - knowing that only a victory will keep alive their
conference title hopes.
“The Lions’ results this season speak for themselves -
they’re a form team with plenty of self-belief and why not? said Coetzee
“We know we’re in for a tough game against a team that asks
a helluva lot of questions of you, especially in the set-piece.”
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian
de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane
Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6
Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi,
1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent
Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Jaco
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Harold Vorster,
12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de
Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel,
5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3.
Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Armand van der Merwe, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan
Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Dillon Smit, 22. Marnitz
Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi